Patricia Campatelli often worked only 15 hours a week at her $122,500-a-year job as Suffolk County register of probate, and she spent much of that time taking “numerous smoking breaks, scratching lottery tickets, looking at East Boston real estate on the Internet, and filling out puzzles,” according to employees quoted in a confidential report obtained by the Globe.
Even before the embattled Campatelli was accused of punching an employee in the face, she had “created a fearful atmosphere” in the office, retaliating against workers who questioned her long breaks and plotting to get rid of employees so she could hire her own people, concluded court-appointed investigator Ronald P. Corbett Jr.
Corbett’s report, which has been forwarded to a committee of the Supreme Judicial Court for possible disciplinary action, takes the showdown between Campatelli and court officials to a new level. Campatelli has insisted that because she is an elected official court administrators have no power over her and only the SJC — or the voters — can discipline her.
Campatelli, on paid administrative leave since Jan. 14 while Corbett investigated allegations of abusive behavior, flatly denied all the charges. But Corbett did not believe her, concluding that Campatelli worked too little, violated the court’s sexual harassment policy, and used her position to punish people she did not like.
“It simply is not credible that so many employees would falsely report so many specific and similar details,” wrote Corbett in his March 3 report to top court administrators. “I conclude that the Register did not respond truthfully to material questions I asked her.”
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